After a long summer break, All Saints Fulham Choir are back singing in All Saints Church Fulham on Sunday 8th September.
At the 9.30am Sung Eucharist, the opening anthem is Zadok The Priest by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).
Born in Germany, Handel became organist at his local Cathedral in Halle at the age of 17. He travelled across Italy in his 20s to hone his composing skills and wrote several successful operas including Agrippina during this time. He returned to Germany in 1710 to become Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, Prince Georg, who later become George I of England. Handel went to London in 1714 and settled there until his death in 1759.
Zadok the Priest is one of four anthems composed for the coronation of George II in 1727. The words are taken from the first Book of Kings in the King James Bible. The work was so popular, it has been performed at the coronation of every British Monarch ever since.
Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Prophet anointed Solomon King.
And all the people rejoic’d, and said: God save the King!
Long live the King!
May the King live for ever, Amen, Allelujah.